for immediate release
August 29, 2001

N E W S   R E L E A S E

Murder suspect Lonnie Josh Smith, age 42 (12-18-58) from Crestview has been arrested this afternoon (Wednesday) in Marshall County, Kentucky thanks to an anonymous tip called in to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. Smith was arrested at a home outside of Benton, Kentucky where he was staying with relatives.

Marshall County Investigators notified the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office after a computer database search revealed that Smith was wanted in connection with a homicide in Okaloosa County. Smith is wanted in connection with the murder of Grover Gerald Long in the early morning hours of August 4th. During an altercation outside of a Crestview Lounge Smith is accused of slashing Long's throat and then fleeing the scene.

Smith is currently being held in Kentucky pending extradition proceedings to return him to Okaloosa County.


for more information contact Nicole Wagner, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

(850) 609-3028